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October 6, 2010

News & Opinion: ChangeThis: Issue 75

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 5:33 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Personality Poker: How to Create High-Performing Innovation Teams
by Stephen M. Shapiro

"'Opposites attract,' or at least that’s the line we’ve all been fed. However, in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Aside from the physics of magnets, the fact is that opposites actually repel. Human beings strive for commonality, and organizations exist amid striking homogeneity—but why is this a concern?"

Survival of the Simplest: The Micro-Script Rules by Bill Schley
“I have a simple premise: it’s too complicated. Now, you might say, ‘that’s rather broad, Bill. In your manifesto, you must tell us what is too complicated.’ And I’d respond simply—‘Okay, how about everything.’"

Business Intelligence vs. Human Intuition & Why You Should Welcome The Robot Overlords by Garth Sundem

“In the weird, wild world outside the Petri dish, the correct decision is not always the right decision. There's disconnect between the robot logic of business intelligence and human intuition of right and wrong."

InsideOut Development: Do What You Already Know by Alan Fine

“If knowledge really were all it took to be a high performer, then all any of us would have to do would be to read that book or take that class and we’d all be winning championships. We’d all be incredible managers, great teachers, phenomenal parents and performance.

But we’re not. Why?"

How to Be Effective: Structuring Change, Managing Change, Leading Change by Jonathan L. S. Byrnes

"When I talk to former students, clients, and executives, I’ve found that their biggest concern is being effective—going beyond conceiving great new things and actually driving them into practice. [...] Successful change, being effective, involves three things: structuring change, managing change and leading change.

Looking Around the Corner by Robert H. Bloom

“Today, looking ahead is useless. Prior to this moment in our world, ‘looking ahead’ was the time-tested protocol, perhaps essential and potentially valuable when the world told time in seconds, not nanoseconds. Today, it is almost useless, because when you 'look ahead,' you will see and learn little or nothing.”

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.